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2003 MCare Fund Assessment; Notice 2002-07

[32 Pa.B. 4409]

   The purpose of this notice is to advise all basic insurance coverage insurers and self-insured participating health care providers of issues relating to the timing and methods of notification of the 2003 Assessment of the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error Fund (MCare Fund).

   Under section 712 of the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error Act (act) (40 P. S. § 1303.712), the Insurance Department (Department) is required to notify all basic insurance coverage insurers and self-insured participating health care providers of the 2003 Assessment by November 1, 2002. Consistent with the act, the notification will be provided by the Department no later than November 1, 2002, through publication on the Department's public Internet website. The Department will also contact all basic insurance coverage carriers and self-insured participating health care providers by means of e-mail by November 1, 2002. Basic insurance coverage carriers and self-insured participating health care providers should provide contact person information and e-mail addresses by October 1, 2002, to the Medical Professional Liability Catastrophe Loss Fund, Suite 800, 30 N. Third St., Harrisburg, PA 17101.

   In implementing the 2003 Assessment, the Department is reviewing all aspects of the assessment, including, but not limited to, hospital based slot rating and discount levels. The Department requests comments from interested parties on these issues and other 2003 Assessment-related issues. Written comments should be sent by October 1, 2002, to Sarah Lawhorne, Special Assistant to the Insurance Commissioner, Suite 800, 30 N. Third St., Harrisburg, PA 17101.

M. DIANE KOKEN,   
Insurance Commissioner

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 02-1577. Filed for public inspection September 6, 2002, 9:00 a.m.]



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